Reflections and Action
For the past two weeks I’ve been exploring my emotions, hence my absence from the blogging world. It has been an exhausting process.
Sometimes when I write, the words seem to get in the way and can come across as distant and somewhat contrived. Consequently this alienates my reader. I think this happens when I try too hard. I put myself under too much pressure to be perfect because I want writing success. I want to be published.
After a brisk walk and a chat with the local horses, I decided to take a break from my WIP, switched off my inbuilt thesaurus and went back to basics in order to explore ‘feelings’. How do I make my reader feel what the characters are feeling? I am ‘showing’ but detracting the reader with too many unnecessary words and being too vague.
I have paced the living room floor talking to myself. Asking: how do I feel when I’m angry? What happens to my face? How does my body react? How does my voice change? I asked similar questions about other emotions such as fear, sadness, joy, love and jealousy. I then sat down and wrote short paragraphs about personal experiences of each emotion, stopping and scribbling out words that were too vague or complicated.
Even though I side tracked from my WIP, I’ve enjoyed practising and completing these exercises. I don’t find it easy to embrace my own emotions and realise that in order to continue to progress in writing, I need to break down a few barriers.
Do you do writing exercises alongside your WIPs? Do you find it difficult to dig deep and explore your own emotions?